A Northeast Washington man, charged with murder in the Jan. 6 slayings of his two handicapped sons at a city-run shelter for the homeless, was ordered yesterday by D.C. Superior Court Judge Truman A. Morrison III to be held without bond pending trial.

Stanley Simpson, 31, sat silently rubbing his brow yesterday in court as a D.C. homicide detective testified that Simpson told security guards at the Capitol City Inn and a police officer that he stabbed the boys to death and then turned a hunting knife on himself.

According to Detective McKinley Williams, the stabbings of Dwayne Stephen Barnes, 8, and Jerome Clayton Barnes, 4, both of whom had cerebral palsy and shared a wheelchair, occurred after Simpson had given shelter neighbors a cap and a toy "to remember {the children} by."

Williams also testified during the preliminary hearing that Simpson, while being treated for a stab wound at the Washington Hospital Center, told an investigator that he stabbed the children to death "to get back at" the children's mother for spending the family's money on drugs.

Simpson has not entered a plea in the case, which is pending investigation by a grand jury.

According to the police version, security guards at the Capitol City Inn on New York Avenue NE received a telephone call shortly after midnight Jan. 6 from a man they identified as Simpson saying he had stabbed the two children.

D.C. social services officials later said that social workers had unsuccessfully gone to court to gain custody of the children because of family problems. M. Jerome Woods, director of the D.C. Human Services Department, said Wednesday that social services officials will examine the department's treatment of children in shelters.